October 7, 2013
Over the past 3 weeks Lake Amistad bass fishing has been pretty tough. We are catching fish on every outing but it is a grind. Fish up to 4lbs have been hitting the carpet but most are in the 1.5 - 2lb range. The Fall feed has not yet begun to do some warmer than normal weather conditions through the month of Sept. Water temps have remained in the high 70’s. We have had our first cool down this past week and it should help the bite… but nobody knows if the fishing is getting any better cause the lake has been closed the last 8 days due to the Gov’t Shutdown…. Ugh! Lake levels continue to rise, up almost 8 feet in the last 2 weeks, and sits at 38.14 feel low or 1078.86 above sea level. Here are some tips to get some decent bites once the lake re-opens.
Current Patterns -
Shallow: Swimbaits in the skinny water have been the ticket for some decent fish near flooded grasses. A very slow approach has been very important with this presentation. The topwater bite has come to a halt since the lake came up but I suspect now that it is becoming steady the top water bite will get better in the next week or so. The backs of crreks are seeing lots of baitfish… be paitent as the bass aren’t quite there yet but will be showing up as the water temps get into the lower 70’s over the next couple weeks. I continue to have good success with a light finesse approach and a shaky head rigged with a small plastic seems to work more often than not.
Mid-Depth: This depth zone seems to be productive for me only around bluffs. Cranking parallel or crawling light plastic presentations down the edges will produce in the 12-18 foot depths.
Deep: Carolina rigged plastics continue to dominate the deeper bite. Drag your presentations slowly and feel for a very subtle strike. The 20-30 foot zone seems to be the ticket.
See ya on the lake, Kurt